TEL: 617-479-5000
EMAIL: mdeoliveira@mhtl.com

Ms. De Oliveira is an associate attorney with the firm, maintaining a general practice. Ms. De Oliveira devotes much of her practice providing regular guidance and counseling to public retirement boards, and to counseling employers regarding an array of issues, including employee benefit plans. She represents employers in arbitration and litigation of employment related disputes, including discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination, before state court and administrative agencies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. De Oliveira worked at a Boston law firm, focusing her practice on a wide range of employment and executive representation matters, including discrimination, wrongful termination, the negotiation of severance terms, and equity-related restrictive covenant and shareholder contract disputes.   Ms. De Oliveira has also practiced in the field of immigration law.

Ms. De Oliveira earned her B.S., summa cum laude, from Northeastern University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. While in law school, Ms. De Oliveira participated in internships with the Honorable George A. O'Toole, Jr. at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, at the Public Corruption Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, at the Civil Trial Division of the Attorney General's Office in Boston, Massachusetts, and at Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon, LLP.

Ms. De Oliveira is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.

Ms. De Oliveira is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts. She is a member of the Women's Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys.

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